Emerging Instructor in Focus: Nakkitta Fortune

Nakkitta Fortune

Nakkitta Fortune

Body Base Pilates, 12RNDS Scarborough, North Fremantle WA

Emerging Instructor in Focus

Instructor Name: Nakkitta Fortune
Studio(s) you study or work at: Body Base Pilates, 12RNDS Scarborough
Location: North Fremantle, Scarborough
Instructor training: PilatesITC Diploma of Professional Pilates Instructor (incomplete)
PAA Level: Group Instructor

What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?

I loved Pilates myself and was introduced through dance. What drew me to Pilates was the accessibility to all people and all bodies, giving everyone a chance to be included. Regardless of age, injury or activity level, Pilates is great for you! I have an interest in helping people move and rehabilitate, instructing Pilates along with my current studies in Chiropractic allow this.

What did you eat for breakfast?

Smoothie bowl!

In one word, describe your first Pilates teaching/apprentice teaching experience?


What impact has the recent COVID-19 virus had on your world?

Covid-19 has allowed me to be more open minded to people’s individual conditions and circumstances. Has challenged me to explore online learning in my studies.

How have you handled your Pilates teaching or training with COVID-19?

Training through Covid-19 has taught me how to use verbal instruction very effectively while maintaining social distancing. Giving corrections without hands-on has provided me with a greater skill set to help people. It has also raised my interest in online Pilates instruction.

What was the most unexpected part of your training?

The amount of theory required for the diploma was surprising. However I’d say even more surprising than that was how useful it was for programming and understanding the body.

Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?

Pilates Anytime

The best advice you’ve ever had?

Make the most out of every moment with those around you.

An indulgence you can’t live without?

Afternoon naps!

How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?

4 weeks, online search.

Do you have a motto?

Speak your mind.

What’s the most challenging aspect of learning to teach?

I’d have to say the most challenging aspect of learning to teach is getting over the first hurdles of shyness. Once you gain confidence, everything falls into place.

How do you use PAA?

I use PAA for great discounts and connections to websites. I also have referred to it for information about Pilates I haven’t heard before I.e what are the requirements to work in a studio, the recommended rates, personal development etc.

Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?

If I could go back in time, I’d love to meet Joseph Pilates. Who wouldn’t want meet the creator of it all!

What do you appreciate most about your body?

I appreciate the capabilities of my body. I’m healthy and able to do what I wish! Very grateful for my life and health.

The book you’re currently reading?

University textbooks on the human body.

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